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Object lessons : hereditary rights and ownership in a northwest coast museum

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dc.contributor.author Blair, Graham Alexander
dc.date.accessioned 2009-07-09T21:53:39Z
dc.date.available 2009-07-09T21:53:39Z
dc.date.copyright 2000 en
dc.date.issued 2009-07-09T21:53:39Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2429/10541
dc.description.abstract Using as a case example an ownership dispute over a Gitksan origin story depicted on the carved doors of University of British Columbia's Museum of Anthropology (MOA), this thesis contributes to an understanding of the ways in which hereditary prerogatives are being exercised in new contexts on the Northwest Coast and the political ramifications this entails for both museums and traditional systems of ownership. Drawing on interviews, archival materials, and published sources, this thesis details the ongoing history of the 'Ksan doors, from their commissioning in the early-1970s, as both an architectural feature of MOA and an example of contemporary Northwest Coast art, to their emergence as the focal point of an ownership dispute twenty years later that was escalated, if not precipitated, by a 1991 interpretive-dance performance of the origin story that they depict that involved Hereditary Chief Kenneth B. Harris. The claims and actions of Chief Harris and a Gitksan woman named Dolly Watts (whom many identify as the source of the dispute) are considered both ethnographically and historically, with a final emphasis on how MOA has in this case become a forum around and through which cultural meanings and identities are being asserted. en
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dc.language.iso eng en
dc.relation.ispartof Retrospective Theses and Dissertations, 1919-2007 en
dc.relation.ispartofseries UBC Retrospective Theses Digitization Project [http://www.library.ubc.ca/archives/retro_theses/]
dc.subject University of British Columbia. -- Museum of Anthropology en
dc.subject Gitksan Indians -- Folklore -- Political aspects en
dc.subject Creation -- Mythology -- British Columbia -- Social aspects en
dc.subject Creation -- Mythology -- British Columbia -- Political aspects en
dc.subject Appropriation en
dc.title Object lessons : hereditary rights and ownership in a northwest coast museum en
dc.type Text
dc.degree.name Master of Arts - MA en
dc.degree.discipline Anthropology en
dc.degree.grantor University of British Columbia
dc.date.graduation 2000-11 en
dc.type.text Thesis/Dissertation en
dc.description.affiliation Arts, Faculty of en
dc.degree.campus UBCV en
dc.description.scholarlevel Graduate en

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